Sixth Dimension – Tabula Rasa

It has been a fair while since we have heard from Czech thrashers Sixth Dimension and time which has seen the band go through a few changes but now they have returned to accost attention with a new EP and a quartet of tracks which we have no reserve in saying are their finest yet.

Based within Most and Teplice, Sixth Dimension emerged in 2002 and swiftly made a strong mark on the local and in turn national metal scene. A quartet of EPs has pushed their presence and reputation further afield with the last pair of Přežít! and Trauma firmly nudging on richer and broader spotlights. Four years after the release of the latter the band is back, now a quartet and with fresh aggressive fertility in their sound and songwriting, it all encapsulated within their striking attention demanding new EP, Tabula Rasa.

Tabula Rasa opens up with Vztek (Rage) and a barrage of barbarous but defined rhythms from drummer Buchy, his heady beats banging on the door of the senses and attention before being joined by a tide of riffs and the heavy grumble of Jenda’s bass. Quickly the bassist’s vocals spring their antipathy and magnetism into the assault, the guitars of Bombo and Špirda continuing to entrap and arouse with voracious riffs and grooves. There has always been a raw feral breath to the band’s thrash metal confrontations and the first song of the EP alone shows it has lost none of its potency even as craft and imagination in songwriting and sound has further grown.

The striking start to the release is only accentuated by next up Soudy (Judgments) and this time riffs from Jenda’s bass ignite ears alongside the bone shaking rapier swings of Buchy. It is another compelling start to a track that only brews greater animosity and temptation as guitars and vocals bring their accusation and dispute. As with the first song there is a richer metal spicing to the band’s individual thrash bred creativity, a composed and skilfully crafted enterprise which already sets the Tabula Rasa apart.

Inspired by the poem Der Ackermann aus Böhmen (Ploughman of Bohemia) by Johannes von Tepl dated 1401 A.D., …A Smrt (…and the Death) is a ravenous indeed malicious affair in heart and attack. Rhythms fly with voracious intent as riffs and grooves sear the senses, Jenda’s tones and indeed the backing calls of the band as spiteful as they are anthemic. Even so the melodic design of the song is raw seduction, the irritability of the track fuelling its nagging before the EP closes out with Závist Navzdory (Despite the Envy (A history of estrangement and dream)), a track which itself is inspired by the literary world, in this case by a book by Z.Kalista on Albrecht von Wallenstein.

The most turbulent and tempestuously hostile track on the release, it also springs some of the most infectious grooves amidst addictive sonic temptation. From start to finish the song defiled and inflamed the ears and appetite, a habit forming assail on the senses which pretty much sums up Tabula Rasa as a whole.

As we said it has been a while since Sixth Dimension stood toe to toe and challenged major recognition and now we know who our money is on thanks to their rather fine new EP.

Tabula Rasa is out now across numerous online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 15/03/2020

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Sixth Dimension – Trauma

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The successor to their well-received EP, Přežít! in 2013, Sixth Dimension unleash another mighty slab of attention provoking thrash metal this month, in the fierce shape of Trauma. Building upon the irritable ferocity and raw sound of the Czech Republic quintet’s last proposal, their new EP shows another step forward in the substance and maturity of the Most/Teplice based band’s songwriting and sound without losing any of the bracing causticity and abrasive prowess which has already made them a keenly supported proposition at home and further afield.

Formed in 2002, Sixth Dimension soon became a potent live proposition on their local and subsequently country’s underground scene. The release of Respekt in 2006 and more so Nikdy nevíš kdy (You Never Know When) six years later awoke stronger awareness of them, though it is fair to say that Přežít! (Survive!) has been the most potent and successful nudge on broad attention to date. Now it is the turn of Trauma to poke away at more unsuspecting ears and recognition.

The EP’s opening Intro provides an industrial landscape around a thickly pulsing heartbeat. There is an autonomous air to the brief piece and a brewing of portentous pressure which finally erupts in cinematic warfare just before its dark moment feed into the jaws of the EP’s following title track. It is a swift assault of thrash bred animosity led by the scowling vocals of Paul Wieden, art_RingMasterReviewbehind who the thumping beats of drummer Peter Buchner show little mercy. That intent is forcibly backed by the predatory bassline of Jan Hirsch and the senses searing riffs and individual antagonistic ferocity cast by guitarists Peter Špiroch and Filip Skoumal. A great break in the full-on attack escapes midway, the band taking their foot off the pedal in intensity but pushing down the clutch to fresh and magnetic enterprise which only continues to entice within the storm.

The track is a great proper start to the release, a song already showing the new twists of adventure colouring the band’s invention and arguably an even more grievous intent to their lyrical exploration and defiance aligned to creative hostility. Otroci Prohnilosti Systému (The Slaves Of The System´s Rotting) matches its success straight after, going for the jugular whilst guitars flame and lead ears into a web of melody rich classic metal endeavour within a death metal scented climate.

Šest Stop Pod Zem (Six Feet Under (Ground)) is no less imposing or inventive in its eventful landscape of thrash confrontation and unpredictable shifts in gait next, its unrelenting intensity matched in kind by Černá Díra (The Black Hole), an even more resourceful and adventurous protagonist with varied metallic hues colliding within its invasive prowl and increasingly suffocating tempest. Emerging along with Trauma as the favourite track on the EP, it roars with creative aggravation while inciting a fresh greed for the Sixth Dimension sound, a hunger nicely satisfied by the closing Praporučík Kotrmeletz (Proto-Priomordial Lieutenant Zomersault). Unveiling a swing which alone has body and ears gripped, the song is more like mischievous fun for band and listener than the raw hostility of its predecessors but provides a slice of riotous, senses shaking rock ‘n’ roll to enjoyably complete another highly pleasing offering from Sixth Dimension.

The Trauma EP will probably not make a major ripple across the metal world on its own but it certainly adds a pleasing beast to get teeth into if given the chance; an opportunity band and release deserves.

The Trauma EP is released March 11th; for more info go to https://www.facebook.com/sixthdimensionthrash

Pete RingMaster 11/03/2016

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